Health Benefits of Brown Rice

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This is a great article from www.livestrong.com on benefits of whole grains. It talks about the amount of Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium and amount of natural fiber in brown rice in comparison with refined rice (Link). Eating branBYTES would add those nutrients back to your diet.

 

Natural Fiber

Getting the recommended amount of fiber in your diet protects your health because it lowers cholesterol and prevents constipation. Chances are you need to increase your fiber intake. Most Americans only consume about half of their recommended daily fiber intake, according to the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.” Since most of the grain’s fiber is in the bran, white rice only retains a small amount. One cup of cooked brown rice provides 3.5 grams of fiber, while wild rice has 3 grams. By comparison, you’ll only get 0.6 grams of fiber from 1 cup of cooked white rice. Women should consume 25 grams of fiber daily, while men need 38 grams.

Rich Source of Magnesium

About 50 to 80 percent of the grain’s minerals are lost when the bran is removed, reports Kansas State University. Even enriched rice only has 19 milligrams of magnesium in 1 cup. The same portion of brown rice contains four times more. It supplies 84 milligrams, or 21 percent of the daily value. Wild rice has slightly less, but it’s still a good source, with 52 milligrams. Magnesium is essential for producing energy and DNA. It may also help lower blood pressure and reduce levels of triglycerides in your bloodstream, reports a review of research published in August 2012, in the “Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.”

Eating branBYTES would add those nutrients back to your diet.

Ashwin